Welcome to EV&Me! This blog is a platform for owners and drivers of all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (EVs) to share their experiences—the good, the bad, and the funny—of driving electric. We hope you enjoy reading their stories and that their advice is helpful for those of you looking into an EV purchase of your own.
New blog entries are posted monthly. If you’re interested in being included in a future entry, please fill out this form. Note that you don’t have to be a Davis resident to be included: we’d love to spotlight EV owners and drivers from all over!
This blog is a collaboration between the Institute of Transportation Studies and Cool Davis. We encourage you to visit the Cool Davis website for tips and resources on sustainable living, including resources for driving electric in and around Davis.
If you’re looking for additional information on purchasing and owning an EV, we encourage you to visit the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Resource Center. The California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Resource Center offers a wealth of decision-support tools for prospective EV owners, including a list of available EVs and associated purchase incentives organized by model year and a searchable database of rebates, discounts, tax breaks, and other incentives available to EV owners in California.
Finally, for a more detailed account of life with an EV, check out “500 Miles of Bolt Ownership” and “5,000 Miles of Bolt Ownership” by Austin Brown, Executive Director of the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy.
"We love our electric hybrid minivan so much that we have given her a name because she is a part of our little family," says Ying Wu (Davis, CA) of her family's 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.
"I collected a month's worth of data on my driving habits and realized that an EV could work well for me," says Suresh Ram (Davis, CA), who now drives a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt.
"People do not understand how an electric hybrid works," says Diana Lucas (Davis, CA) of her 2014 Ford CMax Energi.
"A limited mileage range does not make use of an EV impossible," says Alf Brandt (Davis, CA) of his 2012 Mitsubishi MiEV.
"You realize that the noise and vibration of a gasoline engine is annoying," says Scott Shephard (68, Davis, CA) of his 2014 Smart Fortwo Passion.